Click on the above photo to see Monster Metal Man
Monster Metal Man was conceived of by Maida Withers and choreographed and performed by Anthony Gongora. Monster Metal Man was included within the larger evening length work, MindFluctuations, which premiered March 19, 2015 at the Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC.
The premise of the solo, Monster Metal Man, was to examine the theme of the monster within. David Page designed and sculpted the helmet for the solo, which added a great source of inspiration for the choreography. With the helmet on I felt as if I were being transported back in time to the Roman Empire and the Gladiator Games. The idea of the Gladiator, who was often times enslaved and trained to release his monster within for the purposes of entertainment, became the point of access for my psychological and metaphorical monster within. Using my memories of Ancient Roman art, I developed the physical postures and forms for my choreography. The motivation psychologically for the performance of this character sprang forth from the concept of being forced to fight. I considered the complex aspects of the internal conflict and division of self which would manifest under such circumstances. The monster within character that I developed is a divided self who is at once both enraged and pleading for release from his enslavement. The music was composed and played live for the performance by sound artist John Driscoll. Within the sound design you will hear my voice sampled through out the score. I vocalized a harsh and strained inverted scream, which John recorded and then sculpted into his beautifully textured and haunting soundscape. Tania Fraga, computer artist, São Paulo, Brazil, created the cyber world. Lighting design is by Izzy Einsidler.
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Maida Wither Dance Construction Company, Kennedy Center performance
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Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, Site Specific performance
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A provocative evening-length dance-theatre work from associated memories, dreams, and nightmares about the fiction and reality of LUV for the digital age. “At the end of the day we return to the pillow, the place where thoughts are shared and decisions are made. There’s pillow talk, then life happens!”
Concept / Artistic Director / Choreographer – Maida Withers
Composer and Musician – Steven C. Hilmy
Visual Design – Anthony Gongora
Poet and Sonosphere – Alissandru (Alex) Caldiero
Photography – Shaun Schroth
Digital Paintings – Michelle Kliman
DCCo Dancers – Nathaniel Bond, Kelly Bond, Anthony Gongora, Giselle Ruzany, Dyllan Mont
Guest Dancers – Billy Andrews, Ian Ceccarelli, Kristi Cole, Sammy Wong
Costume Design – Sigríd Jóhannesdóttir
Lighting Design – Michael Sperber
Talking Pillow – Ayo Okunseinde
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Choreography: Anthony Gongora
Performers: Ian Ceccarelli, Kristi Cole, Corinne Haynes, Dyllan Mont,
Elisa Rosoff, Ben Sanders, Corey Schroer, and Sam Wong.
Original Sound Design and Compositions: David Pavkovic
Lighting Design: Aaron Pollon
Costumes: Basmah M. Alomar.
Performed at the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, Washington DC,
DanceWorks Spring 2013